About the Author


Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld

Dovid Rosenfeld, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, works both as a programmer for aish.com and as a responder for its Ask the Rabbi service. He also serves as a volunteer writer for Torah.org. He lives with his wife and family in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

ring of fate cover Rabbi Rosenfeld's son Zvi recently published his first book, The Ring of Fate, a riveting, fast-paced fantasy novel which is also completely kosher in both language and subject matter. It is available as both book and ebook. It is sold by Booklocker.com, as well as by Amazon.com and all the major on-line sellers.


The Shabbos Queen

My Bible class went to visit a synagogue Friday night. At a point during the services, we all...

J’s Replacing Y’s in Hebrew

Why is our forefather Yaakov called “Jacob” in English? How did the ‘y’ get transliterated into a...

Are Religious People Happy?

I grew up Orthodox but fell out of practice in my early 20s. In the few years since then I have...

Israeli in Diaspora, Second Day Yom Tov

I live in Israel but will be in America for Shavuot this year. Would I be able to use my computer...

Elijah’s Ascent to Heaven

I’m trying to understand what exactly occurred when Elijah was taken up in a fiery chariot (II...

The Creation of Man and the Animals

In our weekly Torah study session, the question came up why the Torah makes special mention of...

World to Come not Mentioned in the Torah

If the belief in the World to Come is so central to Judaism, why does the... Torah never mention it?

Six Famous Questions from the Torah

Powerful questions which ring just as true today as when they were first uttered.

Items Doomed to God

I’m trying to make sense out of Leviticus 27:28-29. It seems to state that all items doomed to God...

Chametz – Deeper Meaning

Is there a deeper meaning behind the law that we may not have chametz on Passover – beyond that...

Cleaning the House Before Going Away for Passover

I am leaving for Israel a few days before Pesach and returning after the holiday. Do I still have...

Is the Messiah Alive Today?

People often say that the Era of the Messiah is close. Does this mean that the Messiah is alive...

Blessing Before Torah Study

I’ve begun studying Torah more regularly and wanted to know if there is some blessing I should say...

King David Descended from Lot’s Daughters

Yesterday I was reading in Genesis the story of Lot’s daughters who bore children from him and...

Bracha Acharona on Yogurt, Ice Cream, Ices

I heard that we do not say a bracha acharona (after blessing) on yogurt. Is this true and what is...

The Reasons for the Mitzvot

Why does the Torah not give us the reasons for the mitzvot? Wouldn’t it be more meaningful for us...

Is Eel Kosher?

Eel seems not be be accepted as kosher, and I’m wondering why, for example the species unagi. As...

Anointing and “The Anointed One” (Messiah)

When was anointing done in Biblical times? Is it still practiced today?

Noah’s Curse of Canaan

When Noah became drunk and uncovered, wasn’t it his son Ham who saw him (Genesis 9:22)? Why was...

Psalm 2: God’s Son and Kiss the Son

What is the Jewish thought concerning God's son in light of Psalm 2? It describes someone as the...

Happiness and Adar

The greatest joy in life is knowing God is always there.

The Lying Spirit Which Deceived Ahab

I Kings 22 records a very strange incident. Ahab wanted to go to battle in Ramot Gilad and all his...

Duration of Slavery in Egypt

How long did the actual slavery of Egypt last? When the Children of Israel first descended to...

Should We Hate the Wicked?

Although I am not Jewish, I have a lot of regard for Judaism. I would like a rabbi’s perspective...

Washing and Using Bathroom in Morning

I have a question about washing in the morning. I’m becoming more observant lately and I’m...

Reasons for Washing in the Morning

What are the reasons for the entire procedure of washing three times with a cup in the morning? Is...

The Returning Exiles to Israel

Since there are many million more Jews in the world, how will there be room for them when the...

Reading Another’s Mail or Email, Parents

Is it stealing to read another person’s emails if you’re concerned they are doing something wrong...

Judicial Process, Rights of the Accused

With regards to the Sanhedrin of old, what rights did the accused have and what due process was...

Tzara’at versus Leprosy

Do we know the identity of the disease of tzara’at in the Torah (Leviticus 13-14)? Is it the...

Mushrooms: Kosher Status, Blessing

Mushrooms are fungi. They are not the seed-bearing plants the Torah allows man to eat. If so, how...

Kid in Mother’s Milk not Taken Literally

The Torah states a clear law, “You shall not cook a kid in its mother’s milk.” How in the world...

The Fascinating Numbers of Hanukkah

Hanukkah: it’s all in the numbers.

Thanksgiving and Praying for the World’s Welfare

There is a beauty to the world when we all work together.

Seudat Hoda’ah – Meal of Thanks

I survived a very serious accident with almost no injury. I probably would not have survived at...

Where is the Ark of the Covenant Today?

Does anyone know where the Ark of the Covenant is today? Was it taken by the Romans when the...

Is the Talmud the Word of God?

I believe that the Tanakh is the word of God, but I don’t know if this is true of the Talmud....

Checking Eggs for Blood Spots

What is the issue with checking eggs for blood spots? If I buy a package of eggs which is...

Where Was Salem?

Do we know anything about the city of Salem – where Abraham came to after his battle against the...

Praying Audibly

I feel closest to God when I talk to Him in my mind, without saying words. Is that an okay way to...

What Happened to Abraham’s Converts?

I’ve always wondered what happened to the many people Abraham and Sarah taught about God? I...

Long Lifespans and Late Childbearing in Genesis

Genesis 5 lists the generations from Adam till Noah, and not only did the people live much longer,...

Kabbalah Versus Magic

If the Torah forbids witchcraft and magic, how come there were great Kabbalists who would change...

Niddah – Monthly Loss of Life

I was learning with a friend, and we were bothered why God created women in such a way that every...

Appearance of Names in the Torah

I’m trying to find a consistent pattern in the Torah regarding the identification of people....

Sukkah from Pergola

We have a pergola next to our house. Can I convert it into a Sukkah? What do I need to know? One...

Bar Mitzvah Speech

I have to speak at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah in a few weeks. Can you give me some suggestions what I...

Adding Personal Requests to Daily Prayers

I understand there are places in the Amidah where one can insert personal prayers – apart from the...

New Fruit on Second Night of Rosh Hashanah

When do we eat a new fruit on Rosh Hashanah – on the first night, the second night, or both? Is...

Desiring Sin

I have a general question about spiritual growth. We all have desires for forbidden acts. Should...

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